anyone tried the NT-4 Stereo Condenser

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by rorysound, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. rorysound

    rorysound Active Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    Hello everyone!
    New to the site and lovin' it. :D
    I'm looking at buying one of the Rode NT-4 mics , the one with the Stereo placed pair of capsules. Anyone given it a lash yet? if so how'd it go?
    Or would i be better off going for a seperate pair of the NT-5's??
    I am a drummer looking for a good/great o/h mic/s for as little as possible; any suggestions would be appreciated?
    Go raibh maith aigaibh.....
  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    I think that you might be better off with two condensers other than the NT4. I think that the NT4 is an OK mic for the newbie location recorder. I did a review of it, but Rode got mad when I published it.

    In my opinion, it has a noise problem. They point to their low noise spec, but I point to the fact that it is A-weighted, which in reality means that it is 10dB noisier than what they say it is, and they didn't measure below 100Hz.

    Seldom do I find recording drums with an X/Y works. I guess it depends on how the drummer sets up his kit. But most times, the imaging will be unbalanced, and too narrow for a realistic mix.

    This is my opinion which means nothing. Try it out first. It may work for you in your application. From a purist's standpoint, it has too much noise!
  3. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002

    I haven't tried an NT4 myself, but I have a pair of the NT5, which have the same capsule as the NT4.

    They are OK mics and a good purchase for the price, a bit hyped on the high end, not really flat, but very usable; I used them as OHs, guitar, strings and piano mics, and even as ADR mics for some A/V production sound dialog sessions I did, and got good results; clearly they aren't in the league of mics like Schoepps or B&K, but look at the price and you'll understand.

    To me they are quite versatile, and noise hasn't been an issue in each single session I did with them (sheet, are you sure the model you tested wasn't defective?), and I listen thru Genelec 1030A in a treated and calibrated room.

    The issue of the XY NT4 or the NT5 pair is a matter of versatility vs ease of use: with the NT4 you have a set and forget mic that's already in the XY configuration (speed and ease of use), while the two NT5 may require you to use a suitable standmount for that stereo technique, but being two independent mics will allow you to do more, like ORTF or spaced pair over a drum kit.

    I hope this is helpful.


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